Letterboxd is easily one of my favorite sites. I started logging movies in 2013, and began using it to find movies to watch shortly after. The community is great, and its reviews rarely (or never) reach Amazon Watch Instant levels of unhelpfulness. There are a few views I find incredibly useful on the site:


View the highest rated movies on Letterboxd. Sort by availibity (select your streaming service of choice), or filter to hide the ones you’ve already seen. Thanks (again) to the community, this list is top-notch.


There are piles of great lists to dig through. Here are some of my favorites:


(See also: 2014 & 2015) If you regularly log/add films (in addition to marking them as liked or watched), you are rewarded with a year in review page. In part, the pages inspired me to be more purposeful about what I watch. Instead of just using trailers and recommendation engines to find movies, I think more about influences, themes, and directors.


These days I follow directors more than actors or franchises—recently enjoying Hitchcock and Mann streaks. I’ll watch most/all of a director’s films over the course of weeks/months and see where the thread leads. With Hitchcock, it led me to wonder what else Joseph Cotton starred in, which led to discovering Touch of Evil and The Third Man.

I’ve been in a boat similar to Khoi for a while—wanting to spend less of my screen time on television and more on movies. Letterboxd has added structure and purpose to that endeavor.

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Com Truise

I always get excited when I see a new release from Com Truise. The album art is consistently great…


Fuck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this new web series featuring rapper/chef Action Bronson. He seems to know his stuff culinarily, and his strong personality somehow disarms others—resulting in some surprisingly candid interviews.

My favorite episode so far features Top Chef competitor, Isaac Toups.

Native CSS Variables

I’ve been using Sass variables for quite a while, so I’m interested to see how native CSS variables (AKA CSS custom properties) compare to preprocessor variables. 

Philip Walton does a great job of explaining the difference between native and preprocessor variables. He also outlines some potential uses in his post. I like that he calls out “CSS custom properties” as being the more accurate (and in my opinion, more intuitive) term …

CSS preprocessors are fantastic tools, but their variables are static and lexically scoped. Native CSS variables, on the other hand, are an entirely different kind of variable: they’re dynamic, and they’re scoped to the DOM. In fact, I think it’s confusing to call them variables at all. They’re actually CSS properties, which gives them an entirely different set of capabilities and allows them to solve an entirely different set of problems.

Pretty cool stuff—don’t miss the helpful CodePen demos he made to accompany the post. (1 & 2)


Paravel was thrilled to collaborate with Etsy and Vector Media Group to create shareyourshop.etsy.com—a fun little photo-generating web app that Etsy shop owners can use in their holiday promotions.

Etsy Paravel Vector Media Group Shareyourshop

Etsy provided overall guidance as well as some stellar graphics for the layout and photo template itself. Having such great assets and brand guidelines in place made working with Etsy a joy. Vector Media Group built the tool itself, extending our front-end code. We’ve worked with them numerous times in the past, and it’s always a pleasure.

8-Bit Microsoft.com

Happy 8-Bit Day! To celebrate, the team at Microsoft has built a clever little easter egg into the homepage—visit microsoft.com and enter in the Konami Code to reveal some 8-bit glory. It’s great to see Microsoft doing fun stuff like this. Similar to the revival of their 1994 homepage, it’s another treat from folks who truly love the web.